PHILADELPHIA – Three University of the Sciences men's basketball players were recognized by City of Basketball Love (CoBL) as the Philadelphia-based organization released their Division II awards for the 2017-18 season.
The organization considered players from the seven teams in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) South, the nine teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East, and Lincoln.
Da-Silva repeated as CACC Defensive Player of the Year in just the fourth year of the award. The senior finished the season atop the CACC and ranked fourth in the NCAA at 2.8 steals per game. He ended his career third in program history with 225 career steals, while his 79 steals in 2017-18 were seventh in the program's single-season annals.
In 29 games, Da-Silva had three games with at least six steals, eight games with at least four, 16 with at least three and 20 with at least two. He recorded at least one steal in every game.
He anchored a USciences defense that led the CACC in scoring defense (66.1), field goal percentage defense (40.5) and 3-point percentage defense (31.4), numbers that all ranked in the top-13 of the NCAA.
It was just not all defense for Da-Silva as he was also named All-CACC for the first time in his career, earning his way on to the Second Team. In addition to his 12.8 points per game he averaged 7.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, both of which were sixth in the league.
Gregorits became just the sixth Devil in program history to earn All-CACC accolades multiple times in a career after begin voted to the Third Team. He led the team as he averaged a near double-double of 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds, numbers that ranked 15th and second in the conference, respectively.
He also ranked ninth in the league in both field goal percentage (49.2) and free throw percentage (78.5), as well as 13th in blocks per game (0.7).
Gregorits led a rebounding attack that recorded a +8.1 rebounding margin, ninth in the NCAA and second all-time in CACC history.
He ends his career sixth in program history with 847 career rebounds and 12th all-time with 1,484 career points.
Casey started in all 26 of his appearances his freshman season and averaged 36.2 minutes per game, second on the team and seventh in the conference. He was fourth on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game.
The rookie was USciences' main threat from 3-point range this season as he averaged a team-high 2.0 triples per game on 40.5 percent shooting, numbers that ranked 20th and 11th in the conference, respectively.
Casey was also in the top-22 of the league in both assists (2.8) and steals per game (1.1), numbers that both ranked second on the team.
University of the Sciences men's basketball (16-13) qualified for the CACC Tournament for the sixth consecutive year in 2017-18, where it would knock off top-seed, regular season champion and eventual NCAA East Region Finalist Bloomfield in the Quarterfinals.